Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression

  title={Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression},
  author={Corrine I. Voils and Jason C. Allaire and Maren K. Olsen and David C. Steffens and Rick H. Hoyle and Hayden Barry Bosworth},
  journal={International Psychogeriatrics},
  pages={1110 - 1124}
ABSTRACT Background: Research with nondepressed adults suggests that social networks and social support are stable over the life course until very late age. This may not hold true for older adults with depression. We examined baseline status and trajectories of social networks and social support at the group and individual levels over five years. Methods: The sample consisted of 339 initially depressed adults aged 59 or older (M = 69 years) enrolled in a naturalistic study of depression… 
The Influence of Social Networks and Social Support on Health Among Older Koreans at High Risk of Depression
This study called attention to the negative association between instrumental support from family networks and perceived general health among older Koreans aged 60–74 years at high risk of depression.
Assessing social support and depressive symptoms in older Chinese adults: A longitudinal perspective
  • S. Chao
  • Psychology
    Aging & mental health
  • 2011
Of the social support measures, satisfaction with support emerged as the most powerful predictor of elders’ depression, and evidence is provided that each aspect of social support accounts for a certain portion of the concept and emphasizes the importance of distinguishing different dimensions of socialSupport.
Social support modifies the relationship between personality and depressive symptoms in older adults.
It was confirmed that older patients differed from never-depressed older adults in dimensions of personality and social support, and the relationship between these variables differed by depression status.
The Influence of Social Networks and Supports on Health: Differential Pathways for Older Korean Immigrants and Non-Hispanic Caucasians
It has been shown that the effect of social networks and social support systems on health may be greater among immigrants who live away from their homeland and their natural social support systems.
Investigating the Association of Social Network and Well-Being of Individuals Living Alone with Cognitive Impairment
While most individuals experiencing cognitive impairment (CI) reside with a caregiver, an estimated 800,000 live alone. Such individuals may have an increased risk for injury to self or others
From Childhood Maltreatment to Allostatic Load in Adulthood
Social support across the life span partially mediated the relationship between child maltreatment and allostatic load in adulthood, although there were differences by race and sex.
Which Type of Social Activities Decrease Depression in the Elderly? An Analysis of a Population-Based Study in South Korea
Informal social activities (contact by phone/letters with children and contact with friends) may have a greater impact on geriatric depression than formal social activities in this population of older Korean adults.
Trajectories of social support in adults with type 2 diabetes: Associations with depressive symptoms and functional disability
Different trajectories of social support in a community sample of adults with T2D were identified and the extent to which different trajectories were prospectively associated with depressive symptoms and functional disability was explored.
Which type of social activities may reduce cognitive decline in the elderly?: a longitudinal population-based study
Encouraging older adults to participate in senior citizen clubs or to have frequent contacts with adult children by phone or letters may help reduce CD in later life among older adults.
Relations sociales et troubles dépressifs chez les personnes âgées au Québec : interactions avec le genre et la région de résidence
Examining the role of social relationships on the presence of depression and on the consultation with a health professional by the elderly patient with depression, in Quebec found that approximately half of those depressed elderly, both among men and among women, have not consulted for their symptoms in the last 12 months.


Social Support and the Outcome of Major Depression
Differences in the effects of marital status, size of social network, and subjective social support suggest the importance of distinguishing between involvement in and quality of interpersonal relationships.
Social support and locus of control as predictors of adherence to antidepressant medication in an elderly population.
The relationship between social support and antidepressant medication adherence is moderated by beliefs about control over one's illness.
Social Support and Depressive Symptoms Among Displaced Older Adults Following the 1999 Taiwan Earthquake
Intervention to promote increased social networks and social participation, within their new environment in a temporary community, is highly recommended for older adults.
Social relationships as predictors of depression and suicidal ideation in older adults
The results of the present study suggest that enhancing social support resources in older adults could reduce depression and suicidal ideation.
The role of social relations in health promotion.
  • L. Berkman
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Psychosomatic medicine
  • 1995
Acknowledging that health promotion rests on the shoulders not only of individuals but also of their families and communities means that resources must be committed over the next decade to designing, testing, and implementing interventions in this area.
The role of loneliness and social support in adjustment to loss: a test of attachment versus stress theory.
A longitudinal study of a matched sample of 60 recently widowed and 60 married men and women tested predictions from stress and attachment theory regarding the role of social support in adjustment to bereavement, and results clearly supported attachment theory.
Alternative models of the stress buffering hypothesis
Differences between linear probability models and logistic regression models with regard to the definition, detection, and interpretation of interaction effects are focused on.
Assessing Change in Social Support During Late Life
The purpose of this study is to evaluate change in 14 measures of social support with data provided by a nationwide longitudinal study of older adults. The findings reveal that fairly substantial
Kin Structure and Assistance in Aging Societies
This chapter analyzes variations in kin group structure and reliance on kin assistance in aging societies. II examines the kin networks of men and women over their adult lives, and the ways in which
Maintenance treatment of major depression in old age.
Patients 70 years of age or older with major depression who had a response to initial treatment with paroxetine and psychotherapy were less likely to have recurrent depression if they received two years of maintenance therapy with parxetine, and monthly maintenance psychotherapy did not prevent recurrent depression.